JVC GY-HMQ10U 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder, 3840x2160 Resolution, 10x Zoom, 3.5" TFT LCD Display, 1/2.3" CMOS 4K Image Sensor

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The JVC GY-HMQ10U 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder is a one-of-a-kind camera that employs 4K imaging. It features the Falconbrid high-speed processor for advanced video applications. There's one Falconbrid engine for de-matrixing raw data in real time, while another handles H.264 encoding and formatting into the required MPEG4 format. The GY-HMQ10 uses a single 1/2.3" CMOS 4K sensor, which provides 3840 x 2160 images that are four times the resolution of Full HD cameras and monitors. With single sensor sensitivity, the camera works well over a wide range of lighting conditions. It also simplifies the optical design, which results in more precise images with minimal aberration. Plus, the 3840 x 2160 resolution supports a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio as well.

The GY-HMQ10 uses 4K progressive recording at 144Mbps in the MPEG-4/H.264 format. 4K recording separates the image into four different quadrants and then each quadrant is recorded onto its very own SDHC memory card. After you've finished your shot, all four memory cards are accessed in sync so you can view back your footage in the ultra high-resolution 4K mode. You can also use the software to combine the four separate quadrant files into a single file that is compatible with 4K editing systems. Ideally, you want to play back 4K footage on a native 4K monitor or projector. There are even a few LCD panels that support 3840 x 2160 resolutions through 4K inputs.

Usually, 4K monitors have four inputs - one for each recorded quadrant. The GY-HMQ10 conveniently features four HDMI ports for connecting to the 4K monitor's four HDMI inputs. If you only have a Full HD 1920 x 1080p monitor to view your footage, then the GY-HMQ10 sends a down-converted HD signal via a single HDMI interface. The nice thing about having such incredible resolution is that you can window off sections of the image on your screen and blow them up to Full HD resolution with incredible detail. This function is called Full HD trimming because you're cutting out a window of 1920 x 1080 footage to blow up and display on your HD monitor.

The camcorder itself supports both 4K recording and AVCHD 1920 x 1080p recording for more flexibility. While you're shooting, the GY-HMQ10 has a 3.5" LCD touch panel display to frame you shot or you can use the 0.24" viewfinder as you shoot. Both have a 16:9 aspect ratio. For professional audio, the GY-HMQ10 records two channels of 16Bit audio sampled 48kHz. In 4K mode the camera uses the AAC format, while the HD mode uses the AC3 format. To facilitate external connections, the GY-HMQ10 is equipped with dual balanced XLR ports that support 48V phantom power as well. There's also a built-in stereo microphone. Since achieving exact focus in 4K mode is very critical, JVC included a Focus Assist function, which turns focusing into a fast, easy and accurate process.

JVC GY-HMQ10U Features

  • 1/2.3" back-illuminated CMOS sensor (8.3 million active pixels)
  • Ultra high resolution F2.8 10x zoom lens (F2.8 - 4.5) (6.7 - 67mm)
  • 35mm conversion is 42.5 - 425
  • Built-in optical image stabilizer
  • 4K recording features 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • 4K recording features MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(.MP4) format with four streams of separate 60, 50 or 24fps progressive recording at 144Mbps
  • 4K recording for up to 2.0 hours using four SDHC cards
  • JVC file utility included for combining separate streams into a single editable file
  • Three assignable user buttons
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 trimming function
  • JVC's patented "FOCUS ASSIST" function
  • Interval (time lapse) recording in both 4K and HD modes
  • Also functions as fully featured 1080p Full HD camcorder with AVCHD progressive 60i/60p or 50p/50i recording
  • Dual audio channels with 4K AAC and HD AC3 modes
  • Manual audio level controls with audio meter
  • XLR inputs with 48V phantom power
  • Large 3.5" (8.9cm) 920K LCD display with convenient touch panel
  • Useful 0.24" (0.69cm) LCoS 260K viewfinder
  • Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Four cards used in 4K mode and a single card used in HD mode
  • Wired remote control capability

JVC GY-HMQ10U Specifications

DC 12V (AC adapter), DC 7.4V (Battery)
Power Consumption
More than 17.5 W (in 4K mode with LCD monitor) (when LCD screen backlight is set to (Level 3))
Operating Temperature
0deg.C to 40deg.C (32deg.F to 104deg.F)
Storage Temperature
-20deg.C to 50deg.C (-4deg.F to 122deg.F)
Operating Humidity
35% to 80%
Storage Humidity
Under 85%
Camera: Image Sensor
1/2.3" 8.3M pixels Back-illuminated CMOS
Camera: Synchronizing System
Internal Synchronization
Camera: Stabilizer
Optical Image Stabilizer (ROIS)
Camera: Lens
F2.8 to 4,5, 10x, f=6.7-67 mm (35 mm conversion: 42.4-424 mm)
Camera: Filter Diameter
When the hood is detached: 46 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm) Compatible with filter, tele-converter and wide-converter
When the hood is attached: 72 mm (screw pitch: 0.75 mm) Compatible with filter only
Camera: Shutter Speed
1/2 to 1/4000
Camera: Gain
0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, AGC
Camera: LCD Display
3.5" LCD, 920,000 pixels, 16:9, color, Touch Panel
Camera: Viewfinder
0.24" LCOS 260,000 pixels, 16:9, color
Recording Media
SDHC/SDXC (Class 6/10), SDHC/SDXC Slots x 4
Video Recording
4K: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording
HD: AVCHD/AVCHD Progressive
Recording Mode: 4K Settings
3840 x 2160/60p/50p/24p
VBR, Approx.144 Mbps (Max) MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit 384kbps
Recording Mode: HD Settings
1920 x 1080/60p/60i/50p/50i
60p/50p mode: VBR, Approx. 28 Mbps
UXP mode: VBR, Approx. 24 Mbps
XP mode: VBR, Approx. 17 Mbps
SP mode: VBR, Approx. 12 Mbps
EP mode: VBR, Approx. 5 Mbps
Audio: AC3 2ch, 48 kHz/16bit 256kbps
Video Frame Rate: NTSC Settings
4K: 3840 x 2160/59.94p, 23.98p
HD: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 59.94p
Video Frame Rate: PAL Settings
4K: 3840 x 2160/50p
HD: 1920 x 1080/50i, 50p
Video Output
Mini HDMI output x 4 (4K: HDMI x 4 HD: HDMI x 1)
Audio Input
XLR x 2 (MIC, +48V/LINE) (Built-in stereo microphone is available)
Remote Control
Dia 3.5 mm Mini Jack (4-pin)
Dia 3.5 mm Mini Jack (Stereo)
Mini-USB2.0, Type-B
Dimensions (WxHxD)
139x198x271mm / 5.47x7.79x10.6" (with Audio unit)
1.7kg / 3.74lbs (Including battery, microphone, SDHC cards)
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